According to a new report from The Hill “Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Friday vetoed a portion of the state budget bill funding the state legislature, fulfilling a promise made last month in response to state Democratic lawmakers’ walkout to prevent the passage of a sweeping elections bill.”
In a statement Friday, Abbott said “funding should not be provided for those who quit their job early, leaving their state with unfinished business and exposing taxpayers to higher costs for an additional legislative session.”
“I therefore object to and disapprove of these appropriations,” he added.
Late last month, Abbott had vowed to veto the article after Democrats walked out of the floor in protest of new voting restriction laws.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Chris Turner called Abbott’s move an “abuse of power.”
“Texas has a governor, not a dictator,” Turner said. “The tyrannical veto of the legislative branch is the latest indication that [Abbott] is simply out of control.”